Mac Tricks: Different Key for Command, Time Screenshots, Command-L Can Be an Issue

Mac Tricks: Different Key for Command, Time Screenshots, Command-L Can Be an Issue

How to Set a Different Key for Command or Make Other Modifications

Some Mac users work with different or old keyboards that does not include the Command key. What alternative do they have? Can they emulate this key in a keyboard that is not made by Apple?

Yes! It’s easier that you imagine. Once you plugged in such a keyboard, Mac will notice that it wasn’t produced by Apple and will show the Keyboard Support Assistant on your screen. You can force it to appear if it doesn’t. Use the “Keyboard system preference” panel. It can be found in the “Keyboard” tab in “Change keyboard type”.

You will be able to set up your non-Mac keyboard or the system will do it automatically. So, the Windows and Alt keys will be set to Command and Option. But even if you agree with that at the start, you can still change it later. Anyway, the default settings may seem uncomfortable to you. Sometimes users treat the default settings as “reversed”. It depends on a user.

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Click the “Modifier keys” button in “Keyboard system preference” panel. It is located in the lower-right corner of the tab called “Keywords”. Select your one (if there are several) and remap the following modifiers: Control, Caps Lock, Command and Option.

Yes, it may seem a bit confusing, as the menu for each key will show a note about what key is set for each function at the moment.

Take into account that Esc button can be set for the mix of options, so you can set it, for example, as a Caps Lock if working with it will become more comfortable.

Do you want to remap even more keys? We recommend the Karabiner app, as it is very helpful and has an user friendly interface. Unfortunately, it’s not compatible with Sierra from November 2016 as the developer doesn’t work with it anymore.


Do You Know How to Make Time Screenshots on Mac OS X?

Maybe you already know how to take screenshots with built-in app, but it won’t work if you need a pic of a desktop with a disappeared menu. We are here to let you know how to make it easier and quicker.

So, let’s start taking timed screenshots on your Mac! Firstly, you need to launch the Grab software. Go to the Applications folder and find the Utilities subfolder there. Click on the built-in screenshot applications called Grab.

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You can open it by a double click on the application’s icon. Then menus at the top of your screen will appear. Check your Menu bar. This app can help you to take a standard screenshot. But if you remember, we talked about timed screenshots. So, let’s go further! You can find this magical feature in 'Capture' > 'Timed Screen'.

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Click on this button or use the
Shift+Command+Z shortcut. A dialog box will appear.

It says that choosing the button called ‘Start timer’ will give us 10 seconds to make everything. We will have to configure preferences and conditions in just ten second. Too quickly, don’t you think so? But if you don’t make it in time, you’ll hear an audio of how a screenshot is made. Then you will have to choose where the file should be saved.

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Remember one more thing: the application saves your cursor in the picture, as it shown above. But no worries! You can turn off the cursor if you don’t need it on screenshots. Go to 'Grab' > 'Preferences' and do it.

In the box that will finally show to you, choose a pointer type you prefer or don’t choose any (“None” variant at the top left corner).

This feature is useful when a MacOS user wants his cursor to look like a gloved hand or something else.


Can’t Find your Mail? Command-L Can Be an Issue!

If you will find that all your mail is missing except new ones, don’t panic and don’t hurry to erase it to restore from Time Machine. The keyboard shortcut will solve your problem in a pair of minutes!

One may assume corruption or even some other serious problems, and start calling Apple support. But in fact, the problem is not so big. Trigger filters with Command-L. Though, this keystroke wasn’t used for this purposes before, it’s time to do it.

If you have a modern Mail layout used for multiple releases as default, you’ll find a visual indicator. It is located above the messages list and has a blue label. It shows the applied filter (e.g. ‘Unread’) while the filters icon is mostly black. It may seem subtle, but at least noticeable.

But if you use classic Mail layout, there won’t be any onscreen indicators at all. Maybe you have pressed Command-L accidentally? Anyway, go to the ‘View’ menu, find ‘Disable Message Filter’ item. Or turn on the classic look for Mail app. Check ‘Mail’ > ‘Preferences’. Choose ‘Viewing’ there and click the box ‘Use classic layout’.

That’s all! Enjoy working with Mail further and don’t get worried with little things!


How to Change the Default Wallpaper Set by Apple on MacOS Sierra

MacOS Sierra surely has lots of great new features that can change the way you work with your device and make the process more comfortable and easy, especially if you use one of Apple’s 5K iMacs. It is too hard to undersell the value of some gorgeous photography.

So, the latest Apple’s OS was released with a new stunning wallpaper. But how can you access this file that is set as default wallpaper on Sierra?

At first, you have to open Finder and hold Command+Shift+G for making ‘Go to folder’ appear. Type ‘/Library/Desktop Pictures’ and press ‘Go’.

The folder with wallpapers will appear and you will be able to find more beautiful images from Apple here. We are so glad that Apple has a nice tradition to add a series of stunning wallpapers which are aimed on showing how cool the Mac’s display is.

Note that it’s better to copy these photos to another folder before applying some changes to them. You will retain the original copy this way. So, if you need to return it someday, it will be an easy deal.

Finally, you can right-click the folder and select ‘Set Desktop Picture’. Congrats! You have a new fascinating background on your Mac!

Let us know which MacOS Sierra wallpaper is your favorite! Feel free to leave comments below!


How to Turn Off Location Suggestions on your MacOS Sierra

MacOS Sierra offers location-based tips within Safari, Siri, Spotlight and Maps just like Google personalized searching does. Apple tries to recommend the most personalized services in such a way.

But if you are tired of these notifications, you are able to deactivate them. We have made a special guide to show how you can do this. Check it out! By the way, we have also written how to turn lication suggestions if you will need them in future.

  1.    Go to ‘System Preferences’ and click the ‘Security and Privacy’ option.
  2.    Make sure what you have selected ‘Location Services’ and click the ‘Lock’ icon. Enter the password to make the changes happen.
  3.    You have carried out the authentication. Now you have to scroll down until you see ’System Services’. Click it and go to ‘Details’ tab.
  4.    A window will appear, allowing you to enable or disable location suggestions for Maps, Spotlight, Siri and Safari,
  5.    After you turned them off or on, close the preferences window. You will find out that your Mac will uses or doesn’t use that suggestions now.

That’s all! Finally, we advise you not to be a paranoid. Anyway, that function was created for the comfortable search for necessary services, not for keeping an eye on you.